Seniors honored as the Cyclones take on Kansas in last dual meet of season


Emily Blobaum/Iowa State Daily

Senior Marissa Engel swims the 100 yard backstroke during the meet against the University of Illinois on Friday night. Engel finished first in the event with a time of 57.97.

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The ISU swim and dive team has one more chance to capture a win before the Big 12 Championships this weekend as the team honors its senior athletes.

Iowa State will have the home-pool advantage to take on Big 12 opponent Kansas in a split meet at 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. 

Not only is this the last dual meet of the season, it is also senior day. The senior swimmers and divers will be honored for their hard work and dedication to the team as they swim their last meet in Beyer hall.

ISU head coach Duane Sorenson has appreciated the senior class and its diversity.

“It’s been a very eclectic type group,” Sorenson said.

The seniors have helped the underclassmen by pushing them to work hard.

 “They really came forward this year and have been great leaders for the team and great supporters for their teammates,” Sorenson said

With reference to the competition against the Jayhawks this weekend, Sorenson believes the team is skilled in every event and expects the swimmers to be on top of their game in order to get a victory.

“KU is a little better than us on paper right now,” Sorenson said. “We’re prepared for their best shot.”

Last season, the Cyclones upset Kansas at the Big 12 Championships and beat them two seasons ago at Beyer Hall on senior day.

 “KU and Iowa State is always a great rivalry,” Sorenson said. “Our team knows being at a home-pool advantage that we can really do great things.”

Senior Shahar Silberman has mixed feelings about her last year coming to an end.

“It’s been a great experience,” Silberman said. “I am very sad because I don’t know myself without swimming. I have been swimming my entire life. I am also looking forward to seeing what my future is going to bring.”

Despite her bittersweet feelings, Silberman is looking forward to seeing her special guest that is making a long trip to Ames this weekend. Her father is coming from Israel to watch her compete and celebrate her last meet at Beyer Hall. 

After this year, Silberman plans on going back home to Israel and apply to medical school.

The meet this weekend against Kansas will be split into two days. Friday’s meet will start off with the 200-medley relay and end with the 50-yard freestyle.

The meet will pick back up on Saturday morning starting with the senior day recognitions. After will be the 100 freestyle and the meet will end with the usual 400-free relay.